Motion Picture Sound Editors shall annually present MPSE Golden Reel Awards for excellence in Sound Editing, including Dialogue Editing, ADR Editing, Sound Effects Editing, Sound Design, Music Editing and Foley Artistry.


The Rules of the MPSE Golden Reel Awards shall be determined by a majority vote of the Board of Directors and shall be ratified by the vote of the Active Members in good standing of the Motion Picture Sound Editors or by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors. Only after plurality approval of the Board of Directors and the Active Membership, or the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, shall alterations of the Rules be in effect.

General Rules

The following rules shall apply to all categories, except for the Verna Fields Student Award:

1.  To be eligible for nomination in any category entry paperwork must be submitted, fully completed and received by the specified time and date.

2.  All entries shall be eligible only in the form in which they are initially released in the United States.

3.  There will always be a minimum of three (3) nominees in a category. If there are less than three (3) entries the entries shall be carried over to the following year, with one exception. If there are less than three (3) submissions in either Feature Motion Picture - Music Score or Feature Motion Picture - Musical the categories will be combined into a single category, Feature Motion Picture - Music, which will follow the rules according to the Feature Motion Picture - Music Score category.

4.  In all categories the number of nominations shall correlate to the number of eligible submissions in each category in the following manner:

Number of Eligible Submissions

Number of Nominations












These limitations do not affect how tie and Board Discretion rules are applied.

5.  The maximum number of nominees in any category will always be eight (8). In the event that a tie would push the number of nominees past eight (8), the tied films or entries will not be nominated, unless excluding them would bring the number of nominees below three.

6.  Advertisements, trailers, promos, or other commercial work are not eligible and will not qualify for any award categories. This includes Computer Entertainment cut clips which are used solely for advertising / promotional purposes, which are also not eligible.

7.  Ballots shall always be counted by an independent arbitrator.

8.  The Sound Supervisor(s) shall be notified of their nomination by the Chairpersons. The Supervisor shall submit an entry form listing the qualifying crew with the correct spelling of each name.

9.  Board Discretion - The Board of Directors may only add feature films to the final list, not delete.

10.  The MPSE reserves the right to disqualify any nomination or award determined to be ineligible within one year of the Golden Reel Awards presentation. In the event that an award is revoked, the remaining eligible nominee with the highest number of votes will receive the award.

11.  A maximum of eight (8) trophies can be awarded at the Golden Reel Awards ceremony. For winning crews that exceed eight (8) editors, additional trophies may be purchased.

12.  Should the submitter wish to contest qualifying crew size, s/he may submit a request to the MPSE office for exception to be considered by the Board.